(Again, we shall revel in my teenage originality. Everyone groan in unison.)
Disclaimer: Immortal Wars was the book I came up with and wrote in high school. I hadn’t even hit college by the time I wrote the first two books. That means I hadn’t developed my style yet, wasn’t good at self-editing, and the story was fairly basic. So, you’ve been warned that this is the ultimate author throwback segment for my blog and will show my author origins. FYI- I put the first book (The Summoning) through a Print-on-Demand publisher and the second one (Light, Blood, & Tears) never saw the light of day. Enjoy!
The battlefield resembles ground zero of an atomic bomb explosion once the thick cloud of dust has been cleared by an alien wind. Large rocks and other charred pieces of debris are scattered all over the area. The villain’s Black Tower has been toppled onto its side and their great warship has been annihilated. Many of the evil immortals are either unconscious or buried under heavy piles of rubble. Most of the Clan of Fire had run away when their masters starting fighting with the guardians, but some of them were loyal enough to stay around and they were ripped apart by skin piercing projectiles. Only the pit that Miracle and Hydrana were previously kept in was not been badly damaged.
“Wow. I can’t believe he actually did it. I never thought that he would be noble enough to do something of this magnitude,” whispers Adriana from the bottom of the pit. During the fight she had fallen in and had woken up in time to see the angry tempest above her head. Of course, she wasn’t the only one in the pit.
“Did what?” says Fate as he clambers out from under a small pile of rocks.
“Solix really didn’t bother teaching you and your friends about the toys that you will be wielding if you defeat us. That’s his mistake and your problem though. To explain in a very simple way, your leader used the ultimate power of the Solstar medallion. Again I’m surprised you didn’t realize that. He just committed suicide and didn’t even bother killing me.”
“How do you even know Solix is dead?”
“I really wish Solix told some of you about the true power of the sun weapon. He could not have expected me to stop trying to kill you in order to give you the background story. Do I look like a narrator? But I guess none of the information I have really matters anyway. No one can use the Solstar medallion ever again.”
“I wouldn’t be so sure of that,” claims Fate. He presses against the side of his neck and causes the sign of power to appear. The blue comet marking still pulsates with infinite power, but Fate doesn’t notice the twinge of energy anymore. When Adriana sees the glowing mark, she makes a quick lunge at him. She stops in mid-stride as soon as she recognizes the sword of light pointed at her head. Adriana goes into a slow crouch and eyes Fate like a hungry lion would eye a wounded tiger. Her face shows great respect and anger toward her younger opponent.
“I don’t believe this. You defeated Draveon and stopped me from eliminating the planet guardians all by your lonesome? The final battle you had help, but if you had not broken the cage and saved Hydrana, your victory would have been a dream. It looks like I underestimated you, Fate. I mean, I really underestimated you. So, I guess we’ll be seeing a lot of each other until one of us is dead. That is if you choose to spare my life right now,” mentions Adriana. She puts the sharp point of the sword against her breast and waits for the feeling of sharp metal to slowly cut through her beating heart. The blade does cut into her hand and she smiles as Fate notices the blood dripping onto the ground.
“What do you think you’re doing? Let go of the sword.”
“I’m giving you an easy shot. Come on, Mars guardian. Plunge the sword into my chest and this war is over before it really begins. The others will be totally confused and start fighting amongst themselves if I’m dead. By the time they are done, the guardians only have to sweep in to clean up the survivors. I’m the glue of this entire organization and without me they are enemies to each other. Come on, Fate. At this range, you can’t possibly miss me. Unless you’re blind, but with your luck powers that wouldn’t matter. So, come on. Kill me. I can see that you’re just dying to do it.”
“No. I’ve seen enough death for one day. I’m not going to kill you.”
“Why the hell not? You know that deep in your heart you want to. And if you don’t kill me now, you’ll only be giving me a chance to destroy you later. Trust me, Fate. Given the slightest chance I will slaughter you.”
“Try all you want, Adriana. I can handle anything and everything that you’re capable of throwing at me. You’re out of your league,” announces Fate. He lowers the sword and starts to look for a way out of the pit.
“Out of my league? You have got to be kidding. Please don’t ever lose that sense of humor, kid. I’m your eternal equal in every possible way and, unfortunately, both of our futures are entwined. You see, as leader of your enemies, I will personally get the honor of killing you in our final battle. On the other hand, only you will get the great honor of killing me in our final battle. Do you see where I’m going with this? Probably not. If anyone is out of their league, it’s the rest of the immortals because none of them are as powerful as the two of us. Except for my darling daughter of course. She takes after me in power and skills,” explains Adriana. She seductively walks up to Fate and puts her slender arms around his neck. Without warning, she kisses him and presses her body hard against his. Fate pushes her off as soon as he feels her perfect teeth bite through his lower lip.
“Not into the kinky stuff?” ask Adriana with a sultry smile.
“How do you know it will end with me against you?” replies Fate ignoring her unusual question.
“Good question. Startrix is a very powerful seer. She can see the future and predict what will happen, but her power tends to be unpredictable. Once we arrived in this galaxy, about eighteen years ago, she had a vision concerning me. She said that the final battle in the first year of the immortal wars will be between me and the guardians’ leader. I thought she meant Solix, but it looks like my destiny is linked with yours. You see, Startrix’s visions are kind of hard to interpret. Also, I think it’s classic for the leaders to have the final battle against each other. There are some rules that years of wars in this universe have developed.”
“You don’t sound too depressed about Solix not being in charge. He would have been a lot easier to beat than me.”
“I know. Of course, Solix is not as easy on the eyes as you are. If you weren’t a major threat to my life, I would have a really good time playing with you. Then again if you ever decided to change sides like a good little boy. Or is that like a bad little boy? Eh, who cares? You know what I mean.”
“That doesn’t look like its going to happen. Ever. So, you have no idea which one of us will survive. What makes you think only one of us will win? Both of us could be killed in the final battle.”
“Maybe. Startrix fainted before the vision had ended and she has never had it again,” says Adriana. She watches intently as Fate nimbly climbs out of the pit by jumping from one rocky wall to the other. As she swiftly leaps out of the pit in the same manner, Adriana hears a weird droning noise. She recognizes it as Hellax’s stolen vertigo battle-axe.
“What should we do with him, boss?” remarks Hellax when he stops spinning his jewel-encrusted battle-axe. Fate quickly flips Hellax into the pit, but gets tackled and beaten down by Cybro and Psylon. The two murderers finish binding Fate and disarming him as Adriana makes a final flip out of the pit.
“I’ll tend to the Mars guardian in a few minutes. Who are we missing, Startrix?” Adriana asks. She finds the staff of healing where it had fallen near the pit and she swiftly kicks it into the air before grabbing it.
“Kilanus, Mindtrigger, and Draveon are not here. Mindtrigger was thrown over those far mountains by a gust of wind because he tried to fly away, but I have seen that he will return in a day or two. We think Draveon was somewhere in the warship when it blew up. You do not have to worry, Psylon. Your husband is alive somewhere under all those heavy rocks and the remains of our warship,” reports Startrix.
“Who cares about Draveon? That guy could survive anything that could possibly happen to him. Where is Kilanus? Where is my daughter!” Adriana grabs Startrix and begins shaking her friend like a little child.
“Calm down, Adriana. Your daughter is alive and well. Infinity locked her in the cage we had made for the guardians. She’s asleep in the cage as we speak,” answers Tegam as he points to the nearby cage that is lying upside down. Kilanus is silently curled up like a cat inside the broken cell and the remains of Mindtrigger’s device are strewn about her.
“It looks like Solix let all nine of us live and only destroyed our warship. Is there any sign of the Solstar medallion?” says Adriana. Startrix hands the powerful necklace to her old friend and goes to let Kilanus out of the cage.
“What do you plan to do with it? Hey, I’ve got a great idea. Use it on this pathetic guardian,” Psylon mentions with a twisted smile. She lets go of Fate and watches Cybro toss their prisoner in front of Adriana. Fate closes his eyes expecting the worse to happen and takes a very deep breath. In the back of his mind, he tries to find a way to escape. But every idea is shot down by the fact that he is outnumbered.
“I have a much better idea,” whispers Adriana. She yanks Fate to his feet by his shirt and she stares at him with cunning, blue eyes. Then she does the unexpected. Adriana puts the Solstar medallion around the Mars guardian’s neck and lets go of his shirt.
“What are you doing? Have you gone totally around the bend, woman? If you have not realized yet, this boy is our enemy!” exclaims Cybro.
“I know that, tin man. If I choose to give him back the medallion then that is my final decision. Do you understand that, Cybro? Because if you don’t, I will personally turn you into sheet metal. The guardian also gets the sword of light. Beating Draveon by himself and without large weapons has earned him a decent prize. Now, I want everyone here to go repair the Black Tower! And if you want, you can try to dig Draveon out of the rubble as well!” orders Adriana at the top of her lungs. The other villains leave her alone with the somewhat stunned, and very confused, Mars guardian.
“Why didn’t you kill me and keep the Solstar medallion?” asks Fate after a few silent minutes of staring at Adriana, who is looking on at the work of her fellow immortals. Adriana turns to him with a friendly smile and heals him with her staff. All the cuts on Fate’s body disappear and his energy is replenished.
“The answer to that is simple. You’re the only one who can use the sun weapon now that Solix is nothing more than a rapidly fading memory. That weapon is useless to me, so I see no reason for keeping it. Besides, you can’t use it for a very long time, which gives me several chances to kill you.” Adriana starts to go help the others, but stops twelve feet away from Fate and turns around.
“You really want to know why I spared your life instead of destroying you?”
“I wouldn’t mind if you let me in on your little secret. Is it because you aren’t as evil and twisted as you act?”
“Not even close. I may not be as insane as some of the others that I work with, but I am not nice and caring when it comes to my enemies. But the one thing I have never done in my centuries of life is left a favor, no matter how small, unpaid. You could have killed me in the pit, but instead you decided to let me live. I am grateful for your show of honor and compassion on this wretched soul. Just consider this a favor being returned. Our future encounters may not be so pleasant. Then again, I am very unpredictable.”
“There has to be much more to it than that. What’s the real reason you let me go? In the pit, you seemed a tiny bit on the affectionate side.”
“You’re cute, but not that cute, Fate. Though I will not say that there isn’t some strange attraction that I feel towards you, but it is very far from love or lust. I can’t quiet place why you strike a cord in my brain. But my real reason for not killing you deals with that vision I told you about early. I’m not ready to eliminate an opponent as skillful and powerful as you are. You see, I relish in playing games and competing with worthy opponents instead of killing them without having any fun. They don’t get any worthier than the leader of the planet guardians’. Don’t make me a liar by disappointing me. Until the next time, Mars guardian,” explains Adriana. She turns away and leaves Fate alone.
“Until the next time, Adriana,” whispers Fate as he runs off toward the guardians’ space skimmer. The others are calmly waiting for him and intently listen to his long story for the entire trip back to the sun base.